Make subletting your home easy on yourself. Here are some tips.
- Plan ahead. Often the best renters are looking months in advance. We have become accustomed to getting what we want on-demand, thanks to Netflix and AirBnb. When it comes to subletting your home for the summer it’s a much bigger commitment and contract. It could be thousands of dollars depending on rents in your neighborhood. Have your listing posted at least 2-3 months in advance.
- Simplify and declutter. That extra arm chair, dining chairs, winter wardrobe, etc, move it into storage. Work your way big to small. Big items first to give you more room. This will help you size your storage unit as well. Work your way down to personal items in the last month before you leave. Personal and valuable items, box, label and move to storage. The basement may be fine, but an offsite storage unit is often a cost effective and secure way to keep your possessions the safest while you are away. Decluttering will not only make your apartment more attractive to potential subletters, it will also help you get organized leading up to your summer getaway. You may keep the items in storage when you return!
- Check references. This is important. On an application for from subletters, have them provide a personal and a work reference. Also, do some research on your own. Facebook is a wealth of knowledge when vetting renters.
- Get paid! Use convenient services such as Venmo or PayPal, or eChecks to have rent wired directly to your checking account. Have your mail forwarded or suspended while you are away, and old fashioned paper checks are a pain.
- Get smart. The modern home can now be easily connected with Nest thermostats and smoke detectors. Cameras are nosy, but gadgets such as smart thermostats lets you keep tabs on your home at a privacy level that is acceptable.
Hope these tips help you with subletting your home this summer. It’s a great way to pay for a summer vacation!